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An additional 150 lead water service lines are on private property, primarily servicing homes built before 1950. More than 200 of the lead pipes on public land are just north of the Bow River, in neighbourhoods including Crescent Heights, Rosedale and Tuxedo Park.
City staff are proposing recouping the cost of replacing the pipes on public property by adding it to city utility rates. Homeowners who have lead lines that need replacing could be given a choice of paying when the work is done or starting a payment plan, with the cost added to their property taxes.
The average estimated cost of replacing lead service connections on private property is $3,500.
The recommended program still has to be approved by city council at a future meeting.